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Monthly archive for September 2017

Is the IT Security Gap a Threat to Small and Midsize Businesses

Is the IT Security Gap a Threat to Small and Midsize Businesses

Today, small- and medium-sized businesses are some of the most at-risk for IT security breaches. According to recent estimates, small businesses are the target of a whopping 43 percent of cyber attacks. To make matters worse, 71 percent aren’t prepared for those attacks, and 60 percent go out of business within

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Why IT Security is a Top Concern for Small and Midsize Businesses

Today, 96 percent of SMBs believe their organizations are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats. While most small- and medium-sized business owners do what they can to protect their networks from cyber attacks, growing companies are especially vulnerable to malware infections, mobile attacks and phishing attacks. More small and

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Why Small Medical and Healthcare Practices Struggle With HIPAA Compliance

Why Small Medical and Healthcare Practices Struggle With HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA compliance is a complex and critical issue for small businesses in the health care industry. Small practices struggle with achieving HIPAA compliance or maintaining it on an ongoing basis. The primary causes of compliance issues include lacking confidence that the organization’s mobile devices are compliant, being

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State of Kansas and Missouri Economy and Business Growth

You wouldn’t necessarily expect it, but business in Kansas City, Missouri (chart below) is growing faster than many cities in the country that are known for their fast-growing business sectors. An independent study published by Philadelphia-based Wendover Corporation shows that according to the company’s research, Kansas City’s

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How to Keep Your Clients Safe From a Ransomware Attack

Anyone who’s been paying attention to tech news headlines during the past few months has undoubtedly heard of the WannaCry attack. The malware first sent shockwaves around the world in May, when it quickly spread to hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 150 countries. Cyence,

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Artificial Intelligence in Business IT

Artificial Intelligence in Business IT

Artificial Intelligence in Business IT In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded in popularity and distribution. Today, people relate to AI in different ways, depending on how they use it (or not) and whether or not they run a business that utilizes AI solutions. While some

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The Connection of Artificial Intelligence & Managed IT Services

Managed IT services and managed cloud hosting services, like many other industries, have come to use AI in recent years. Because managed IT services specialize in desktop managed IT and endpoint protection and rely on metrics such as performance, accuracy and rapid response, AI poses an ideal

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The Different Types of Artificial Intelligence

Today, there are several different types of artificial intelligence, working for and with brands, including the following: Artificial super intelligence. This type of AI uses a computer as a “super brain” that’s both faster and more expansive than the human brain. Artificial general intelligence. Machines using artificial

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How MDM Can Fend off Threats to Endpoint Security

How MDM Can Fend off Threats to Endpoint Security

With increased IT mobility and more BYOD work environments, managing endpoint security has become a challenge for many businesses. If left unregulated, any one of your employees could compromise sensitive company data, either by exposure to malware, general carelessness or one of these other top threats to

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Is the IT Security Gap a Threat to SMBs?

Is the IT Security Gap a Threat to SMBs?

With lean IT staffs, many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lack the resources and expertise to manage complex security infrastructures. While threats to security are proliferating, these organizations aren’t taking the proper precautions to protect themselves and their networks. The data below shows the gap between the

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How Often Should You Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

How Often Should You Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan?

Disaster recovery is of little value if the process isn’t regularly tested because it can result in business failure in the event of an actual disaster or data loss situation. Despite this, the majority of businesses only test their DR environments less than once per year or

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How Managed Services Fulfills the IT Needs of SMBs

How Managed Services Fulfills the IT Needs of SMBs

SMBs must balance a range of challenges in managing their IT function because they don’t have the skills or resources required to fully meet their needs. To address this problem, many businesses have turned to the support of managed services providers (MSPs). Below are the top drivers

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Why IT Security Is a Top Concern for SMBs

Why IT Security Is a Top Concern for SMBs

More small and medium-sized businesses are turning to MSPs for enhanced IT security, due to the increasing frequency of data breaches and the variety in which they are caused. Below are the top causes of data breaches over the past two years. Source: Symantec Corporation, “Internet Security

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Why Small Medical Practices Struggle with HIPAA Compliance

HIPAA compliance may be complex, but it’s a critical issue for many businesses in the healthcare industry. However, many small practices still struggle with becoming or remaining HIPAA compliant due to the reasons listed below. Source: NueMD “2016 HIPAA Survey” Server Managed IT Support Desktop Managed IT

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How BDR Can Protect SMBs Against Unplanned Data Loss

How BDR Can Protect SMBs Against Unplanned Data Loss

Many SMBs fail to protect and back up their essential business data because they don’t fully understand the consequences of unplanned data loss. A reliable and proactive backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution can safeguard your data against all types of threats, including these leading causes of

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How Managed IT Services Align with SMB Business Priorities

Despite the need to embrace technology and IT innovation, most SMBs lack the necessary vision, strategy and resources. However, partnering with a managed services provider can help SMBs address these challenges to achieve strategic growth that aligns with their business’ priorities – including the top SMB business

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Data Casualties in Healthcare Cyber Attacks

Criminal attacks against health-care providers have more than doubled in the past five years, making cybercrime the new crisis in the healthcare industry. Below are types of patient data most successfully targeted. Server Managed IT Support Desktop Managed IT Support  

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Are Your Employees Risking Sensitive Company Data?

As more mobile devices begin to enter the workplace and gain access to corporate networks, businesses are racing to appropriately regulate and manage these endpoints. Below are the types of company-related data that are accessible on employee mobile devices. Server Managed IT Support Desktop Managed IT Support

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Can Managed Services Bridge the IT Skills Gap for SMBs?

Can Managed Services Bridge the IT Skills Gap for SMBs?

The expanding IT skills gap is a cause for concern for many SMBs, as it’s impacting their operations, effectiveness and profitability. As these organizations struggle to keep up with IT demands, what are they losing in return? Below are the top areas in which the IT skills

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Are SMBs Prepared to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks?

Today, many small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are ill-prepared when it comes to cybersecurity, due to the growing sophistication of cyber threats and lack of in-house expertise. The chart below shows the rated effectiveness of the surveyed organizations’ ability to mitigate risks, vulnerabilities and attacks against their

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